Matchup: CJ Wilson vs. Brandon McCarthy

The Rangers head off to Oakland to start a three-game set with left-hander C.J. Wilson going up against former Ranger Brandon McCarthy. A quick look:

Wilson (10-5, 3.35 ERA): This is Wilson's 25th start of the season and he comes in among the American Leagude leaders in strikeouts (7th at 146), innings pitched (8th at 161 1/3) and winning percentage (tied for 10th at .667). ...Wilson is 0-2 in hias last four starts after winning his six previous decisions and in his last three starts he's 0-1 with a 7.54 ERA, raising his ERA from 2.94 to 3.35. ...He has pitched four innings or less in two of his last three starts. ...He is starting with an extra day of rest thanks to Thursday's off day. ...Wilson got a no-decision in a 7-5 loss to Cleveland and deserved better after allowing three runs (two earned) in 6 2/3 innings with two walks and nine strikeouts. ...Two of his runs allowed happened after he departed and the bullpen came in and struggled. ...Wilson has a 4.50 ERA and five saves in 34 career games against Oakland and is 2-2 with a 4.01 ERA in five starts. ...Wilson has the eighth-lowest road ERA in 2011 at 2.76.

McCarthy (5-5, 3.31 ERA): Since the All-Star break, McCarthy is 4-0 with a 2.78 ERA in five starts (he was 1-5 with a 3.54 ERA in 11 starts before the break). ...His four-game winning streak matches his career high. ...He's tied for second in the AL in fewest walks per nine innings (1.33) and is tied for third-fewest home runs allowed per nine innings (0.41). ...McCarthy is coming off a sterling performance at Tampa Bay last Saturday, allowing no runs on five hits in eight innings and he didn't have a walk. ...He is 1-2 with a 3.54 ERA in six games (four starts) against Texas.

Hitters: Michael Young is 4-for-11 with a homer and five RBIs off McCarthy. ...Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli are a combined 0-for-9. ...Oakland batters are hitting just .190 off Wilson. ...Hideki Matsui is 2-for-13 with 5 Ks against Wilson. ...Kurt Suzuki is just 1-for-14. ...The only hitter with more than 5 at-bats that has had success off Wilson is Josh Willingham at 5-for-10.